Cute Little Hummingbirds

Cute Little Hummingbirds

I love hummingbirds, who doesn’t? They are so much fun to watch, and hanging a feeder on the window of the RV is a great way to do this.¬†We get a birds eye view from inside the window, every time they come to eat. Plus, getting photos of them is a little bit easier, but these cute little hummingbirds are fast!

Cute Little Hummingbirds

This is an Annas hummingbird. We have had these guys visit us here before when I put a feeder out. Mostly we see the male, but occasionally the female will come around. We thought there was only one male, but the other day I saw two together in one of the trees. Then yesterday morning when I was outside practicing yoga, the two males were chasing each other all over the place. So much fun to watch.

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What’s in my Camera Bag

What’s in my Camera Bag

I’m always curious about what type of camera people use. One thing I like about going to Jackson in the summer is the chance to shoot with, and talk to other photographers. Some of you expressed interest in what I shoot, so this is what’s in my camera bag.

First off, I don’t have the financial ability to own thousands of dollars in camera equipment. So I have learned all I can about what I do own, how it works best, and what are the optimal settings for each situation. Bigger and better, does not mean you will take better photos. You can buy a $5000 camera, and take crappy pictures because you haven’t learned how to use it.

I bought a Nikon D7100 2 1/2 years ago. The set up I bought was the body, the 18-55mm lens, and a 55-300mm lens. I already owned the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens shown on the right. Prior to this camera I had a D70 that Al had bought years ago.

nikon d7100 set up

This was a big step up from the Panasonic bridge camera I owned, and there was a learning curve for sure. But I bought a book, studied the manual, read a ton of stuff on line, and learned from other photographers.

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Desert Textures

Desert Textures

As you can imagine, the desert is full of textures. From rocks, to plants, and everything in between.

The other day we walked out of the RV and headed north. As I’ve said before, wandering in the desert is one of our favorite things, and you never know what you’ll find. We wandered farther north than we have before, so we came across some new areas. One cool thing about the desert, is the variety in terrain. We find flat ground, small washes, and big ravines. Walking along the bottom of a wash, is always a good way to find something interesting. Which is how we came across this bright yellow rock.

Desert Textures yellow stone

It was a thin layer on top of the rock that was lining the wash in this spot.

Desert Textures yellow rock

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